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Driven to suicide in Japan

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

Tokyo: The suicide of a 23-year-old worker at Tokyo’s Olympic stadium was due to overwork, his family said, as Japan races to finish building venues for the 2020 Games.Race against time: Contractors are rushing to complete venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. — AFP


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Duterte: I do not want to talk peace

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he was no longer interested in peace talks with Maoist-led guerillas and planned to hunt down the insurgents once the military has retaken a southern city from rebels.Sneak visit: Duterte inspecting firearms during his visit to a military camp in Marawi. — Reuters


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UN: North Korea hit by food shortages

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

Seoul: North Korea is facing severe food shortages after being hit by its worst drought in more than 15 years, the United Nations said, calling for urgent food imports to stop children from going hungry.



Women demanding property for marriage, shows survey

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

BEIJING: An independent apartment has become one of the preconditions for marriage, with about 57% of single women saying it is a requirement, according to a survey jointly conducted by dating website Jiayuan.com and China’s biggest real estate broker Lianjia.



South-East Asia under terror threat

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

MANILA: The terrorist network battling Philippine forces in Marawi may be prepping militants for similar attacks in Singapore and in East Asia, said a report.



Hottest day ever in Shanghai

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

Shanghai: Shanghai sweltered under a new record high of 40.9°C, authorities said as they issued a weather “red alert” over a stubborn heat wave that has plagued much of the country.Showroom bonus: A father letting his son sleep on a bed in an Ikea store in downtown Shanghai to escape the intense summer heat. — AFP


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Philippines extends martial law in south to year end

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:32:57 +08:00

MANILA: A joint session of the Philippine congress on Saturday approved the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend a 60-day martial law he imposed in the entire Mindanao in southern Philippines, China's Xinhua news agency reported.This handout photo taken and released on July 20, 2017 by the Philippine Army shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (centre) examining seized weaponry from Islamist militants during a visit to a military camp in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao. - AFP


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Graphic novelist Sonny Liew becomes first Singaporean to win Eisner award, bagging 3 out of 6 nominations

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:50:17 +08:00

SINGAPORE: Graphic novelist Sonny Liew has become the first Singaporean to win an Eisner award, bagging three out of the six nominations he received for the prestigious awards, which are considered the Oscars of the comic world.He won three out of six nominations for his graphic novel The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye.PHOTO: CHAN SHIUAN.


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Land dispute behind Krabi massacre

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:15:58 +08:00

BANGKOK: National Police Commissioner Pol General Chaktip Chaijinda said yesterday that the alleged mastermind in the Krabi massacre was not following orders.The peaceful Krabi town where tourists can shop for local products and souvenirs.


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Jokowi issues order to shoot drug traffickers

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:55:19 +08:00

JAKARTA: President Joko Widodo has issued a shoot-to-kill order against foreign dealers and traffickers, as he called for tougher action in Indonesia's war on drugs.Indonesian President Joko Widodo also warned that the drug situation has put the country in a national emergency. PHOTO: REUTERS.


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